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Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Happy Halloween Utica College!

Every year, I start thinking about what I want to be at least a month prior because I always want to do something crazy or clever. Although, I will have to admit it… last year I was Cinderella. I know being a princess is not that original or clever but I loved it! Who wouldn’t love being a princess for a night? I mean, definitely didn’t mind.

Earlier in the month I was in Target doing some shopping and I saw a banana costume laying around in one of the aisles. Of course I put it on! It was hilarious to see my friends’ faces when they turned around and saw me in the costume. While my friends continued to laugh, a little girl at the end of the aisle said, “daddy, why is that girl dressed like a banana?” It was so funny, so I thought I would share!

First time in this crazy costume!


Hot diggity dog, we have gone bananas!

My Halloween plans:

From 6:00 – 8:30 tonight, there will be Residence Hall Association’s Annual Haunted House in South Hall’s basement. My first year at UC, I walked through and was really spooked. I do not like things popping out at me, so I definitely was screaming. I became a member of RHA last year and was actually apart of the haunted house. The theme of our room was a crazy hospital scene. It was so much fun! This year I will be dressing up again to scare anyone who dares to enter. My three good friends and I have our own room and the theme is a ballerina studio. I do not want to spoil any of the details, so you will have to come and see it for yourself.

Later tonight, I will be having a third floor fashion show. My residents approached me with the idea of having a fashion show on our floor so they can show off their outfits before they go out! So at about 9pm tonight, I will be judging the best costumes within several different categories. Some categories I have in mind at the moment are the most creative, funniest, sexiest, cutest, and scariest. It is a spur of the moment event but I know it will be a blast!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

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How to Have a Safe Halloween

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

Halloween is a time of fun and in a good community, things will generally be fine. However, it always pays to take precautions on a cold, dark night when people are running around streets where there are also cars, potholes and ghouls in the backyards.

1. Start safety considerations with the costume:
– Wear highly visible costumes. Bright colors, reflective parts or tape are key elements to ensure that you can be easily seen at night. If you have on a dark costume, add reflective tape, tags or buttons.

– Make sure that you do not wear anything that obscures the vision. Masks are best left for the party back at home. Or, make sure masks have very large eye holes for you to see through clearly.

2. Consider candy capers:
– Stories of poisoned candies and treats abound. Although most accounts of poisoned candy/concealed needles have been proven false, it is always better to be safe than sorry to avoid any villainous urban legend copycat. Be vigilant and keep be safe.

3. Consider health safety:
– Finally, last but not least, consider your health. Teeth, immune systems, body weight and general health are all impacted by too much sugar. Treats should be fun but should not be overdone. Keep a healthy diet.

Animals Need Your Help: Donate Now to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society!

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

1392007_10202892339099050_7225701750289333058_nUtica College’s organization, Asa Gray, is holding donations for our area’s largest animal shelter: The Stevens-Swan Humane Society.

The Stevens-Swan Humane Society has been in business since the early 1900’s and has made a huge impact ever since. The SSHS is fully dedicated to helping and preventing the cruelty, abuse and neglect of animals.

How do they do this?

  • They have an enormous adoption center where people are able to save a life, every single day.
  • They try their hardest to make the world a better place for all of the neglected, abandoned, and homeless animals by providing food, water and shelter.
  • They aim to educate the community about humane care, the animal/human bond, and the treatment of animals.
  • Finally, the SSHS relies heavily on donations and memberships from companies and the community, to assist them in ensuring the care of their animals.

The Stevens-Swan Humane Society is currently overwhelmed with kittens and puppies during this time, and therefore, they could use all of the help they can get!

Right now, they are looking for blankets, towels, stuffed animals, cleaning products, and paper towels. 

Interested in donating? Please, please, please bring your items to the boxes that are located outside of The Bistro and Student Financial Services. Students will be collecting throughout Halloween.

Fall Semester

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

Fall and winter happen to be my favorite seasons, winter being my absolute favorite. I love these seasons due to the change in temperature, I am a huge fan of cold weather as well as snow or so I thought… Utica has made me change my love for these season. I am from a small town in Westchester Country, NY, where there is a casual change in temperature and as the days go by you gradually transition into winter. Not in Utica, the weather here is bipolar… it’s fall and the temperature is fluctuating between the 70s and the 50s, it doesn’t make sense.

In my opinion, Fall happens to be one of the most difficult semesters commuting wise; especially, when it starts to snow. This is because UC doesn’t believe in snow days, it could snow up to 5ft and they’ll expect you to go to class and get there on time. Walking from your dorms to class in the snow, is one of the most tedious things to do. As a freshman, I never got use to  walking to class in the snow, I always use to slip and slid even in my snow boots. Now being a sophomore who lives in Burrstone Hall, it is going to be absolutely dreadful to walk to campus during the winter.


Green Lakes Getaway

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

    One of my favorite places to go in autumn is Green Lakes. It’s a state park in Manlius, NY, which is just about an hour’s drive from Utica College. Green Lakes gets its name from the unusual color of the water, which appears a brilliant turquoise in some areas, and seafoam green in others due to the way the sunlight reflects on the minerals in the lakes.

My boyfriend, Ryan, took this awesome shot at Green Lakes last weekend. Check out how beautiful the leaves are!

My boyfriend, Ryan, took this awesome shot at Green Lakes last weekend. Check out how beautiful the leaves are!

  I have gone to Greek Lakes several time, and while it is beautiful in the summer, the best time to go is in the fall. In October, the brilliant colors of the lakes are complimented by the gorgeous leaves changing colors. You can walk the trails as I love to do, or you can take your dog for a walk or go for a run on the paths. Overall, it is a great place to reconnect with nature and relax. After the stress of midterms, I needed a getaway, and Green Lakes gave me just that.

Spending a little time over the weekend enjoying nature was exactly what I needed!

Spending a little time over the weekend relaxing and enjoying nature was exactly what I needed.

    So, for all my Utica College peers that may be feeling burnt out at this point in the semester, take an afternoon trip to Green Lakes! Spend some time walking around, enjoying the sunlight, the beautiful red and orange leaves, and the sparkling lakes. Fall in Central New York is breath-taking, but it goes by quickly, so making a stop at this state park is definitely something you want to do before winter settles in!

My favorite picture that I took from our weekend adventure!

My favorite picture that I took from our weekend adventure- but this shot does the beauty of the lake no justice. I definitely recommend that you visit Green Lakes and see for yourself how gorgeous it is!

Hopping on the Bandwagon! 21 Questions

Oct 28, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Honestly, I’ve enjoyed seeing my fellow bloggers participate in this 21 questions game, and I figured since I have never done a post like this before, why not? Here it goes:

What is your year/major?

Senior & Public Relations :)

When’s your birthday?

August 21

Where are you from?

Born & raised here in the 315!

Why Utica College ?
I had a few friends that went here & loved it. Plus, I fell in love with the campus and wanted to stay close to home :)

What is your favorite cereal?
I honestly don’t eat cereal!

Do you have any pets?

What is your favorite season?
Spring & summer. I hate the humidity & storms, but love the sunshine & warmth!

What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
I love the Public Relations program. Each professor is great, and I’ve had so many opportunities already!

What city you would like to visit?
Boston. I’ve already been there, but I love it.

Favorite song?
I’m a country girl, so I have too many to list!

Any siblings?

What is your favorite animal?
Dogs & kitties. Love those little angels!

Favorite restaurant?
Basil Bluz Bistro

Pet peeves?
Mean people! Plain & simple!

Favorite quote?
“The flower that blooms in adversity, is the most rare and beautiful of all.”

Most played song?

Something in the Water  – Carrie Underwood

Favorite video game?

I don’t really have one!

If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?

Carrie Underwood, or pretty much any country music star.


I was lucky enough to meet Carrie Underwood 2 years ago. She was super sweet!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Happy. Enough said!


My Journey in Scenic Painting

Oct 28, 2014 | Author: Victoria Lamanna

This semester, I decided to do something new and outside of my comfort zone…take a painting class! While several members of my family share unique artistic abilities, I have never thought of myself as “artistic.”

Me with my favorite project so far!

Me with my favorite project so far!

At first, I didn’t know anyone in the class, and my painting abilities were nothing to be proud about. But now, it is one of my favorite classes with some of the nicest people I have met, and my painting has definitely improved with practice.

I love how my brick wall turned out! 10+ hrs of hard work!

I love how my brick wall turned out! 10+ hrs of hard work!

I love that it is different than any class that I have taken. It’s a much-needed break between writing papers, reading textbooks and taking quizes!

My advice: each semester, take a class that interests you outside of your major. You meet new people you never would have crossed paths with before, and it saves you from a boring routine of same-old, same-old classes.

My first project: ombre and lines.

My first project: ombre and lines.


Questions About Me

Oct 27, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

So I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this post. Several other bloggers have already completed a “questionnaire” of sorts. and I figured I would as well! (See other bloggers take on the same questions here, and here, and here.) I’ve been blogging for so long, and I realized that I had never given any “fun” personal information about myself. So, here goes nothing!

1. What is your year/major?
I am a junior biology major.

2. When’s your birthday?
August 24th

3. Where are you from?
I was actually born right across the street at St. Luke’s Hospital! I’ve lived in New York practically my entire life.

4. Why Utica College?
I actually grew up seeing the campus, and when I was older I looked into it. The inviting atmosphere and friendly professors were exactly what I was looking for.

5. What is your favorite cereal?
I actually don’t eat cereal that often! But if I had to pick one, Chex.

6. Do you have any pets?
I’ve actually helped to raise seeing guide dogs for most of my life, so I’ve always had dogs around. I do have one “permanent” dog, Martha May. But, all of the dogs we have helped to train have felt like my own pets.

7. How involved are you on campus?
I try to be involved in all different aspects of the college! I (obviously) work as a student blogger, a student ambassador/tour guide in the admissions office, and I work in the International Education Office. During the summer I work as a research assistant, and have also been a mentor in the Summer Orientation program. I am the Vice President of the Asa Gray Biological Society on campus, the Junior Class Treasurer, and I am the Treasurer in the Gay-Straight Alliance. I also am a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a member of the red cross club, a member of the optimist club, and a member of the Utica College Choir. I am involved with WPNR, the Dining Services Committee, and the Student Conduct Board. In the past, I have also been involved with student research meetings. Just recently, I joined a new leadership society on campus.

8. What is your favorite season?
Fall! I love everything about it. The leaves changing, the not-too-chilly temperatures, and the fashion!

9. What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
The faculty and staff. Every single person who works on this campus wants students to succeed and do well. It is a really comforting feeling.

10. What city you would like to visit?
What city wouldn’t I like to visit? I love just going someplace and exploring. I don’t really mind where, just as long as I can see what there is to see. My favorite thing is just taking a day to wander around a place that I have never been before.

11. Favorite song?
It changes all the time. For a while, I’ve loved the song, “House by the Sea” by Moddi. The lyrics are poignant and describe how I feel about life.

12. Any siblings?
Two brothers! One older, and one younger…though we are all “old” now! My youngest brother is almost 19!

13. What is your favorite animal?
I love dogs. Any time I see a dog, I’m like a little kid; I get so excited and have to talk to and pet them.

14. Favorite restaurant?
I went to this one restaurant in Disney World, and they had the best gluten free/vegetarian entrée I had ever had in my entire life. I am sad that I haven’t had it since! Around here though, I love Delmonico’s.

15. Pet peeves?
People who don’t listen! It gets on my nerves when someone either completely tunes another person out, or only hears what they want to hear. Actually taking the time to understand and comprehend what another person is saying is high on my list of qualities of which I feel are important.
Also, chewing with your mouth open. Gross.

16. Favorite quote?
I once read a poem by an anonymous contributor and fell in love with it. I have the entire thing printed, and it is on my wall. They basically took a well-known lecture from a theoretical-physicist and made it into verses. It’s about the connections in the universe, and the most poignant part for me is the line, “Stars have died so that you may live.” It’s my favorite because it is a little reminder that we are small beings in something so much greater than ourselves. The entire universe is connected, and I love that.

17. Most played song?
“Pompeii” by Bastille. I went through a weird phase last fall and didn’t really listen to much else…

18. Any talents?
I love singing! All the time! It’s fun to perform in a professional setting, or to just belt out a song driving with friends.

19. Favorite video game?
For a while, I really liked playing Tetris. Anything repetitive like that is fun while I am bored or waiting for something.

20. If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
Mindy Kaling! She is fabulous and always knows what to say, even if she doesn’t. She isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, even if it isn’t what some people might want to hear. She is a role model for all people, not just young women and girls! Plus her style is great.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?



Midterm Aftermath

Oct 25, 2014 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Midterms are just about over. FINALLY!
Just because midterms are ending, doesn’t mean it’s time to relax. Midterm grades are coming, but don’t let them get you down. These are grades that tell you where you stand at the moment; you still have the other half of this semester to kick it up!

You have time to get that F to a C, or C to a B. Don’t give up! Meet with your professors and express your concerns, apply for a tutor, and take extra time to complete each assignment. You can and will do it! Regain your motivation and maintain it.

If you are doing well with midterms, and you have an A or B, don’t think that you can’t lose it. You have another half of the semester; that A can drop to a C easily. Continue to work! Maintain your grades and continue to be motivated. Midterms are not the end of the world; it’s just a wake up call. They tell you where you’re at now, not how you will end in the course.

Remember you got this! Regain your focus, and remain focus!

Moose ya later,


Tips on How to Relieve Stress

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Brittany Sierra

It’s especially unhealthy to be stressed out all of the time, but there are some ways to relieve stress. Here are a few tips on some things that can help:

1. Go to events on campus. Meet new people. Maybe making new friends would help ease your mind.

2. Go to the gym. Maybe this might not be so much of a “fun” thing to do, but I promise that it will get your mind off of things and make you feel better.

3. Listen to music. Listening to music is as effective as venting to a friend. Most of the time, certain songs may express the emotions/stress that you are experiencing, so it might feel nice to listen and just sing along with it.

4. REACH OUT FOR HELP! If you are going through something and you do not know how to deal with it, reaching out to a close friend or close by counselor might be very helpful.